Britain's Oldest Osprey Returns
Lady the osprey, thought to be the oldest breeding bird of prey in the UK, has returned to its nest at a wildlife reserve in Perthshire, Scotland. The ancient osprey has nested there at the Loch of the Lewes reserve every summer for nearly 21 consecutive years, but staff at the reserve feared she would not survive her annual 3000-mile winter migration to West Africa this year, after she fell ill. However staff have positively identified her by using a camera trained on the nest to take close-up images of her iris. This enabled them to confirm the bird of prey’s identity. Female ospreys usually only live for an average of 8 years and produce about 20 osprey chicks in that time, whereas Lady has lived 21 years and produced 48 fledglings.